The No. 18 SMU Mustangs will travel to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia this week to take on the Temple Owls. The Mustangs have won six of their first seven games, while the Owls will be playing just their fifth game, one of which has ended in the win column. BetOnline currently does not have a moneyline, but they do have SMU as 13.5-point favorites.
SMU Mustangs Betting Preview: Keep Scoring Points
The SMU Mustangs come into play with a record of 6-1. They are currently ranked No. 18 in the country, and they are a team that scores points in bunches. SMU is averaging 40 points per game and 523 yards per contest.
In their last game on Saturday, SMU scored 51 points against Navy in a 51-37 win. Quarterback Shane Buechele had an outstanding day, completing 23-28 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Ulysses Bentley IV carried the ball 25 times for 149 yards and two touchdowns, and added four catches for 68 yards.
On the season, Buechele is completing 66% of his passes for 2,226 yards and 16 touchdowns against three interceptions in seven games. Bentley IV is averaging six yards per carry and has gained 695 yards with 10 touchdowns.
The Mustangs feature five receivers with at least 250 receiving yards, led by sophomore Rashee Rice, who has 34 catches for 521 yards and four touchdowns.
Temple Owls Betting Preview: Defense Has to Show Up
The Temple Owls come into play with a 1-3 record after Tulane stymied their offense on Saturday in a 38-3 loss. Temple is averaging 25.5 points and 386.3 yards per game this season, but will need their offense to keep up with SMU for a shot at winning.
Temple’s defense will be put to the test this weekend against SMU, considering they are allowing an average of 34 points per game. Their defensive unit will have to be as sharp as ever because the offense may not keep up.
Quarterback Anthony Russo leads the Owls offense. Russo has completed 68% of his pass attempts for 863 yards and nine touchdowns, but the interception bug has bitten him a few times this season, with six picks on the campaign.
Sophomore running back Re’Mahn Davis has done most of the ball-carrying this season, toting the ball 78 times for 308 yards and a touchdown. He is averaging 3.9 yards per carry.
Russo’s go-to receiver this season has been junior wide receiver Jadan Blue. Blue has caught 31 passes for 266 yards and five touchdowns.
Betting Lines and Predictions
BetOnline does not have a moneyline for this game, but they have SMU as 13.5-point favorites. This game does not have the feel of a game where an upset can take place. SMU scores too many points for Temple’s defense to be able to keep up. Consequently, Temple’s offense may not be able to score enough either. Take SMU and the points in this one.
Spooky Express Free Pick: SMU -13.5